'Marce' exits Philippines, ITCZ spotted-A A +A
Saturday, October 6, 2012
MANILA -- Tropical Storm "Marce" is now out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the state weather bureau on Saturday said.
With this development, it is expected that weather in Luzon will improve.
Weather forecaster Jori Loiz said Marce exited on Friday evening as it moves towards Vietnam.
However, Loiz said an intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) is now affecting Palawan and the Visayas.
An ITCZ is a merge of winds from different directions, which is also a breeding ground for a low pressure area (LPA).
Loiz said the weather agency is keeping eye on a new tropical depression near east of Northern Luzon that has a high chance of entering the Philippine territory by Monday.
Based on models,it is still very far to affect the country. But once it enters PAR, it will be called Nina, the 14th tropical cyclone to enter the country this year.
Loiz said expect two to three tropical cyclone to enter PAR this October.
In its advisory, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that Palawan, Mindoro and Visayas will be cloudy with occasional moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy with brief rainshowers or thunderstorms.
Pagasa said moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast to north will prevail over the Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Ilocos region and Bicol region and from the southwest to south over western Visayas and the rest of Luzon and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the southwest to northwest with slight to moderate seas.
The weather agency also issued gale warning as strong to gale force wind is expected to affect the northern and western seaboards of Northern Luzon and the western seaboard of Central Luzon.
Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves. (PNA)